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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Imagine flying halfway around the globe to a place you've never been before and instantly feeling at home—without having to do any of the cleaning, cooking, or yard maintenance. Welcome to Ambleside! From the moment we pulled into Peter and Janine's driveway at 9pm and were greeted at our car by the gregarious (and barefoot) Peter, we knew we'd made the right choice for our stay in Nelson. What we didn't know was that Peter and Janine would quickly come to feel like old friends—exceptionally welcoming, authentically warm, and 2 of the most hospitable people we've ever visited while traveling. Their home is immaculate and very comfortable (thanks, too, to neighbor Rachel for her excellent and friendly service), located within walking distance of the beach or slightly longer walking distance (~45 minutes) to downtown Nelson—or, you can catch the local bus downtown from right across the street. Don't miss the inspiring and outrageous WOW (World of Wearable Art) Museum only 5 minutes from Ambleside, either. Peter is a phenomenal cook, carefully preparing each morning's delicious, made-to-order breakfast and serving it up with good humor; each evening, he poured us a glass of wine or juice like we were guests at a 5-star hotel. Not surprisingly, this homey atmosphere inspired guests to spend evening time together on the back patio, where we met people from Germany, Denmark, Britain, and China over the course of our visit. We'd originally planned to stay at Ambleside for 3 nights, but were fortunately able to add a fourth when a cyclone cut our wonderful trip to Abel Tasman a day short; Peter and Janine graciously stored our bags for us while we were away and had them waiting for us in our room when we returned. We highly recommend Ambleside to fellow travelers—and Peter and Janine, we hope to see you again in the future!

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Janine D, Owner at Ambleside Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

What a beautifully written and touching review! It was wonderful having you both and we are so glad that you had a great time both at Ambleside and in the region. It was very easy to offer such lovely people hospitality and we so enjoyed the chats and the laughs. We would dearly love to see you again. Warmest regards Pete and Janine.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Conveniently located a few kilometers outside Nelson's center, Ambleside B&B is a lovely place where we had a beautiful room with great amenities. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful, with great suggestions for restaurants and helpful info. for our travels. Breakfast was nicely done, and we enjoyed our conversations with Peter.

Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Janine D, Owner at Ambleside Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2018

Thank you for your lovely review and great advice to others considering Ambleside. This one is a little hard for us to determine who it is from but I am sure we enjoyed having you stay just as much. Warm regards Peter and Janine.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Absolutely the best I’ve stayed in. Peter and Janine are so welcoming,, and made us feel part if the family. Their dog Frankie is adorable, unfortunately is not aloud to come sleep on your bed...lol
Peter cooks a delicious breakfast, lots to choose from, plus they catered to my Gluten allergy.
Very comfortable bed and nice size rooms.
Would definitely go back.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Jacqueline M
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Janine D, Owner at Ambleside Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Wow! what a great review! We loved having you stay, you were such good company. We thought it was hilarious that with all the travel Ted does, that he still leaves things behind:)
We hope the remaining holiday is all that you deserve and would welcome you back any time. Warmest regards.
Peter and Janine

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Pete and Janine were perfect hosts and it was a wonderful stay at their Bed & Breakfast! We slept in a cozy room with super clean and nice bathroom. The breakfast in the beautiful garden was nothing but delicious.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Leonie_Hachtel
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Janine D, Owner at Ambleside Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you for your great review, it was a real pleasure having you stay with us. Billie loved you!! Peter was relieved that you thought the librarian joke was funny:) We hope your holiday has been perfect. Warmest regards Pete and Janine.

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We received a very warm welcome from Janine and Peter; this experience continued throughout our 2-night stay. The scrumptious breakfasts, afternoon teas, complimentary glass of wine in the evening and the sharing of much 'local knowledge' ensured a very memorable stay in Nelson.

Room tip: All rooms are very comfortable.
Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank CliveD219
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Janine D, Owner at Ambleside Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Thanks for your fabulous review and for your email. It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us. Hope you got the photos:) Warmest regards Pete and Janine

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